Greenmeme is the vision of artists Freya Bardell and Brian Howe. Together, they have been creating site-specific public artwork since 2005. Qualities of material, context and form begin anew with each project. Their investigations into the history of both the surrounding culture and environment reveals unique ways in which each project can work to raise awareness of these qualities through sculpture, performance and community engagement. Since coming together their work has continued to range from smaller locally-focused commissions to creating projects on a national and international scale.


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Commissioned by designer Fritz Haeg, for his project at the Bernardi residence in Silverlake, CA. It’s walls are shaped by different rooms throughout the house that are perforated with circular windows. The 5’ x5’ x 14’ high grotto hosts a water feature, pool, and 5 different vegetation zones in what once was a closet. Programmable LED lighting has the capability of fluctuating the environmental lighting conditions. The terrarium is a central feature to the house, providing a visual preface to the myriad of architectural surprises they experience throughout the house and it’s grounds.

  • Commissioning Agent: Fritz Haeg Studio
  • Size Of Work: 5′ x 5′ x 14′
  • Media: Assimilation of 5 plant zones, water proofing membrane, irrigation, misters, plants, water feature, stone, pre-programmable LED lighting including a submersible lighting system.
  • Project Manager: Freya Bardell
  • Contractor: Cornerstone
  • Press: Surface Magazine Feb 2007